Over 18,000 Kitui disadvantaged learners from the 40 wards have benefited from Ksh.110 million pro poor bursary cheques.
The initiative spearheaded by the county government through the ministry of education aims to improve education standards in the county.
The bursary cheques will benefit learners in youth polytechnics, secondary schools, colleges and universities as well as children with special needs.
According to the County Deputy Director for education Mr. Mwenga Sammy, the programme is meant to reduce the burden of school fees on parents, boost quality education standards through improvement of transition levels.
Mr. Mwenga who was speaking at Nuu market in Mwingi Central Constituency during the issuance of bursary cheques to parents of the beneficiary learners in Nuu Ward,said Kitui County had for many years lagged behind in her performance in national examinations and the number of learners proceeding to secondary and tertiary educational institutions in Kenya thus calling for radical interventions to reverse the trend.
During the event conducted in every ward, sh1, 270,000 was distributed in each ward.